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Neighbor concerned about potential high school sites

A Kratz Road resident is expressing concern about south-side sites being considered for a new Monticello High School.

Ken Peacock, who lives east of some of the proposed sites, told the Monticello School Board Oct. 15 that he feels the sites could present traffic and drainage issues.


Artist to hold show in Monticello

The stereotypical scene of a painter out in the wild with their easel looks quite serene, but the artistic method – known as en plein air – is not that easy. Painters sometimes have long hikes with their equipment in getting to the right spot, and at that point need to get cracking to take advantage of the light of the moment.


Congressional candidates square off in debate

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and Democratic challenger Ann Callis of Edwardsville waited until after the TV cameras were turned off on Oct. 16 to address the attacks that allies of both campaigns have lobbed across party lines.


Brachial Plexus Injury doesn't slow this five-year-old

Five-year-old Hunter Baker is awfully excited about the start of wrestling season. His face lights up when his mom tells him practice starts this week, just as he does when he goes to play baseball, compete in gymnastics or head to the pool for a swim.


Large crowd turns out for Paint Piatt event

A crowd of about 150 turned out for Paint Piatt Pink's Zumba and Fun Run event Friday, Oct. 17 in downtown Monticello. Youth started things off with a Zumba session, followed by a cancer survivor lap around the courthouse, a 1-mile fun run and more Zumba to close out the evening.


Bement woman charged with sexual abuse

A 43-year-old Bement woman has been charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Tamzin Wegrich, a former bus driver, assistant cheerleading sponsor and pool manager in Bement, had been arrested on Oct. 7.


Aquifer summit held in Monticello

When former Champaign City Manager Steve Carter heard owners of the Clinton Landfill wanted to store PCB’s above the Mahomet Aquifer, he thought “this is one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen in my life.”


Middle School band to perform at Krannert

The Monticello Middle School eighth grade band will be sharing a concert with the Hindsley Symphonic Band   at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. The Hindsley Symphonic Band is conducted by Dr. J. Ashley Jarrell. 


Local health, hospital officials working on Ebola plan

Ebola is far from being a pandemic at this point in the United States, but Piatt County health officials are taking the issue seriously. DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department and Kirby Medical Center representatives have been meeting to have a plan in place should the situation get more serious.


Okaw Valley football alliance discussed with western Illinois schools

Okaw Valley Conference officials have had preliminary talks with three schools from the West Central Conference about forming a new, football-only conference.

Both leagues will have just five members in two years, not enough to net an automatic playoff berth for conference winners.


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